By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
After visiting his pro day yesterday, speculation has risen that the Jets are very much interested in West Virginia passer Geno Smith, as per Connor Orr of the Star-Ledger, despite adding David Garrard and possibly Kevin Kolb in free agency.
The consensus top quarterback in this class, Smith draws a wide range of opinion from the top draft experts. Some predict him to go in the top ten, while others see him as a second-round prospect.
Smith throws a terrific ball and has great pocket presence, evidenced by his stellar pro day. He is no Michael Vick, but he has enough mobility to extend plays with his feet.
He has some accuracy issues and makes some head-scratching throws from time to time, and there is some concern that he benefited greatly from West Virginia’s weapon-loaded offense.
Still, the fact that the Jets are looking at young and veteran quarterbacks shows that they are more than ready to move on from the Mark Sanchez era.
If the Jets are serious about drafting Smith, they would have to use their ninth-overall selection or possibly even trade up fro his services. Other teams, such as the Jaguars and Raiders (who own the second and third overall picks, respectively) have been linked at Smith as well.
Of course, it is important to not put too much stock into a pro day visit, as teams do thorough work on every prospect, but the Jets are clearly looking at every available option to find the answer to the quarterback situation.